I have joined the ranks of Instant Pot owners. I can’t believe I gave into peer pressure, all while not believing I didn’t get one sooner.
With the food elimination diet and all of the changes, I decided getting one would possibly make my life easier. I mean, how many times do I forget to take out dinner so I just went and grabbed something quick and easy? How many times did I say “we’ll just order pizza”?
Luckily I have a big family so an 8 qt isn’t too big for us. Amazon is sold out of the 6 qt for a few months so we hit order now and bam it showed up a few days later. I admit I was scared. Here’s this new kitchen gadget that everyone promises will change my life. What if it falls short? What if it blows up? What if I hate it? Oh the pressure (giggle)!
Okay this doesn’t look so scary. Sure it’s a little heavy and maybe a little confusing, but let’s just jump right in! I ran the steam test cycle, and it seemed to work fine. I decided that tonight was going to be my test run and if dinner screwed up, then we would have sandwiches.
I found a youtube video that was making a pork loin so I loosely followed that. Then I found another where she put potatoes in with her pork loin so I just said “Go big or go home!”
That’s a Smithfield pork loin, 2 cups of vegetable broth (better than bullion vegetable), and yellow potatoes seasoned with olive oil, fajita seasoning and Monterey seasoning.
I closed the top, hit the meat cycle, put it at 40 minutes (bigger roast and more potatoes) and let it go. Whew that was scary.
Now I admit I wasn’t sure that it was actually doing something until I started to smell the stuff cooking. It was very faint at first, and then got stronger. Some steam naturally escaped, which freaked me out, but it kept cooking so I just let it do its thing.
After it was done cooking, I let it naturally release for 10-12 minutes, and then released the rest. When it was safe to open, this is what it looked like.
From raw to completely cooked and ready to eat in about an hour. I am in love with this! The pork was perfectly cooked, and the potatoes were well done and had a ton of flavor. I am very impressed and very happy with my investment.
If you have any doubts, get one. If you are unsure, don’t be. Take the plunge. Join the Instant Pot club. You will not regret it!